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Original post made by Frances, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Apr 15, 2010

God help us...

Nationalizing grocery stores...
This will beget food shortages... then chaos, riots, panic, etc. Get your arsenal ready.

article >>> Web Link

Hey Safeway...Obama has you in his crosshairs since you are a successful private sector company.

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Posted by Bowler
a resident of Pleasanton Middle School
on Apr 15, 2010 at 7:34 am

Frances -- Very provocative, but nowhere in the article does it say anything about nationalizing grocery stores.

As for the lack of grocery stores in urban areas, this is not a myth and has been a major subject of discussion among city planners and public health officials for years:

"Detroit is one of America's largest cities, but there isn't a single grocery chain store within the city limits.
City planners are aware of their grocery void. A 2007 study conducted by Washington-based researcher Social Compact determined that Detroit could support 600,000 to 1 million additional square feet of grocery retail space."
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Posted by Fear-monger
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 15, 2010 at 8:31 am

Anything to stoke fear in the base. These people must spend their days under the sheets, unable to cope. Fear is the only thing that motivates these people.

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Posted by Dark Corners of Town
a resident of Country Fair
on Apr 15, 2010 at 8:51 am

To 'Frances' - Let's get closer to the sources and not rely on the Canada Free Press:
Here is the Senator's press release (Web Link)
Here is the Albany news website article (Web Link)
Here is a food industry specialty website (Web Link))
A good question is: Should the Federal Government be getting involved or should this be the responsibility of State and Local Governments. If this $1B program is 'Modeled after a highly successful program in Pennsylvania...', then states that deem this issue important can undertake the same program. The Federal Government need not get involved.
An underlying reason for the 'food deserts' is crime and lack of income density necessary for a grocery chain to break even, let alone be profitable. Nothing in this legislation is solving that problem.
Note in the Senator's press release:
"The legislation sets requirements for the types of projects that are eligible for funding. The legislation also defines underserved areas as those areas which are located in low or moderate income census tracts, and are poorly served by fresh food retail. Minority and female owned businesses will be given priority in funding, along with projects that would provide wages and benefits equal or better to that of comparable businesses in the same area and include local hiring agreements." Fixing high wages and controlling the labor market is a sure recipe for grocery business failure. No wonder the UFCW is in support of this $1B handout.

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